Japanese consul general checks out Shetland renewables

by Tom Morton -

The Japanese consul general for Scotland and northern England, Hajime Kitaoka, was in Shetland recently to learn about Viking Energy and other wind and tidal power projects on behalf of his government.

Japan is looking to develop wind and marine renewables on a large scale to reduce its reliance on imported fuels and nuclear power, which fell out of favour after the Fukushima power station disaster in 2011.

Mr Kitaoka toured Shetland Aerogenerators’ Burradale Wind Farm and the sites of the proposed Viking Wind Farm before visiting Cullivoe to hear about North Yell Development Council’s wind farm and tidal energy projects, the wind farm proposed by Energy Isles Limited in Unst and Yell and Aquatera’s proposed tidal power bridge across Bluemull Sound. Earlier he called along SIC vice-convener Cecil Smith at the Town Hall.

From left: Angus Ward of Shetland Aerogenerators talks turbines with Mr Kitaoka and Aaron Priest of Viking Energy.